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  • twink
    • #2
    • 22nd Mar 07, 5:54 PM
    • #2
    • 22nd Mar 07, 5:54 PM
    are you baking your sponges for too long or at too high a temperature? this is mary berrys fast victoria sandwich



    4oz soft marg
    4oz sugar
    2 lrge eggs, beaten
    4oz sr flour
    1 level tsp baking powder

    oven 180oc or gas4,

    two 7 inch sandwich tins, grease and line

    mix all, beat two mins till blended and smooth, divide between the two tins

    bake 25-30 mins, when the cake is cooked it will be a pale golden colour and the centre of the sponges will spring back when lightly pressed with your finger
    turn sponges onto a wire rack to cool then sandwich together
    • newleaf
    • By newleaf 22nd Mar 07, 8:45 PM
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    • #3
    • 22nd Mar 07, 8:45 PM
    • #3
    • 22nd Mar 07, 8:45 PM
    I use the above recipe too, but I make a double mixture and use deep sandwich tins as I like a BIG cake, I bake at the same temp but about 10 mins longer.
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  • belfastgirl23
    • #4
    • 22nd Mar 07, 9:10 PM
    • #4
    • 22nd Mar 07, 9:10 PM
    It's probably the temp. Maybe your recipe is for regular oven and you're using fan assisted? I'd try turning it down a bit...

    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 23rd Mar 07, 7:53 AM
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    • #5
    • 23rd Mar 07, 7:53 AM
    • #5
    • 23rd Mar 07, 7:53 AM
    If you want to rescue a dry sponge try this. Stab the cake with a skewer in several places. Pour cold sweetened coffee over - not too much just enough to moisten. Then cover the cake with whipped cream spread over like icing.

    some alcohol is a good addition too. You can experiment with other liquids too -lemon juice, orange juice.
  • Noctu
    • #6
    • 23rd Mar 07, 8:42 AM
    • #6
    • 23rd Mar 07, 8:42 AM
    I have a fan assisted oven, but no instruction manual for it. It's a really quick, powerful oven - but as mentioned above, all my cakes end up dry!

    What temperature would you bake a cake at in this oven, if the recipe calls for 180c in a regular oven?
  • sandieb
    • #7
    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:15 AM
    • #7
    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:15 AM
    I bake my vicky sponges (3 egg version) in a fan assisted oven - I set the timer for 20 minutes at 160 degrees C. I check them with my kebab skewer which always comes out "clean" at this point. If necessary I can always leave for a few minutes more but normally they are fine. They are always moist.

    My reasoning is to do them for less time and then add a few minutes more. If they overdo you can't reverse the procedure! (If you get what I mean)
  • sandieb
    • #8
    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:21 AM
    • #8
    • 23rd Mar 07, 9:21 AM
    The following information which may help you was copied from
    http://www.hotpointshop.co.uk/hotpoint_cookers.htm

    How should temperatures be adjusted for a fan oven?
    Fan ovens quickly reach temperature and transfer heat more efficiently so they can generally be set lower by 20C. Long cooking times can be shortened by up-to 10 minutes per hour but you must make sure that the food is cooked!

    How do I find out which temperature to reduce to?
    Follow the conversion chart below

    Conventional Oven /Gas Oven (Mark)/ Fan Oven
    250°F / 120°C 1/2 100°C
    275°F / 140°C 1 120°C
    300°F / 150°C 2 130°C
    325°F / 160°C 3 140°C
    350°F / 180°C 4 160°C
    375°F / 190°C 5 170°C
    400°F / 200°C 6 180°C
    425°F / 220°C 7 200°C
    450°F / 230°C 8 210°C
    475°F / 240°C 9 220°C
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 23rd Mar 07, 10:17 AM
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    • #9
    • 23rd Mar 07, 10:17 AM
    • #9
    • 23rd Mar 07, 10:17 AM
    I have a fan assisted oven, but no instruction manual for it. It's a really quick, powerful oven - but as mentioned above, all my cakes end up dry!

    What temperature would you bake a cake at in this oven, if the recipe calls for 180c in a regular oven?
    Originally posted by Noctu
    I have a fan oven (Neff circotherm to be exact) and I'd bake it at 160
  • Churchmouse
    If you want to rescue a dry sponge try this. Stab the cake with a skewer in several places. Pour cold sweetened coffee over - not too much just enough to moisten. Then cover the cake with whipped cream spread over like icing.

    some alcohol is a good addition too. You can experiment with other liquids too -lemon juice, orange juice.
    Originally posted by thriftlady


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  • Noctu
    Thank you - now I just have to resist baking one... (see sig!)
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